Harvey Family History

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Harvey Name Meaning

English and Scottish: from the Breton personal name Aeruiu or Haerviu, composed of the elements haer ‘battle’, ‘carnage’ + vy ‘worthy’, which was brought to England by Breton followers of William the Conqueror, for the most part in the Gallicized form Hervé. (The change from -er- to -ar- was a normal development in Middle English and Old French.) Reaney believes that the surname is also occasionally from a Norman personal name, Old German Herewig, composed of the Germanic elements hari, heri ‘army’ + wig ‘war’. Irish: mainly of English origin, in Ulster and County Wexford, but sometimes a shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hAirmheadhaigh ‘descendant of Airmheadhach’, a personal name probably meaning ‘esteemed’. It seems to be a derivative of Airmheadh, the name borne by a mythological physician. Irish (County Fermanagh): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hEarchaidh ‘descendant of Earchadh’, a personal name of uncertain origin.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Harley, Harney, Hanley, Harty, Hanvey, Garvey, Harkey, Carver, Calvey

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Harvey Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Harvey. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • France


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Harvey Family Origin

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Harvey Family Occupations

What did your Harvey ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Harvey occupation in the USA was Farmer. 35% of Harvey's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Harvey family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Harvey.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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Harvey Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 137,000 immigration records available for the last name Harvey. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 155,000 military records available for the last name Harvey. For the veterans among your Harvey ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Harvey Life Expectancy

What is the average Harvey lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Harvey life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Harvey in 1940 was 32, and 73 in 2004.

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